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Strong winds down trees, fuel fires in California

Staff writers
April 9, 2013 — Strong winds in parts of California downed trees and knocked out power to thousands on Monday. The powerful gusts are also fueling forest fires in the south.

Powerful winds downed trees in parts of California Monday
Powerful winds downed trees in parts of California Monday

Residents in northern California are picking up the pieces after fierce winds pummeled the region Monday. 

Wind gusts in San Francisco topped out at more than 95 km/h, downing trees and knocking out power to more than 6,000 people in the Bay area.

In southern California, high winds fueled a brush fire that damaged several structures and at least one car. 

A home was destroyed in Fillmore, about an hour northwest of Los Angeles.

Firefighters were able to put the initial fire out, but gusty winds caused the flames to spread.

Mandatory evacuations are underway for some residents in the region, but fire officials say they want everyone to be ready to leave if necessary. 

With files from CNN.

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